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How to Make Beautiful Medicated Canna-Apple Roses

A little over two years ago, I came across an article in The High Times about a group of women using cannabis to help treat a variety of female-specific diseases and symptoms, including menopause, menstrual cramps, anorexia, breast cancer, and PMS.  They pointed to high-CBD strains that can offer pain relief for a lot of the ailments and discomfort that women experience, without the detrimental psychoactive side effects.  Since that time, the use of high-CBD strains, like Harlequin, to help treat women’s health issues has been proven to work wonders, albeit anecdotally.  

Harlequin is a strain that women love because it has been able to successfully help relieve some the most intimate-and bothersome feminine health issues. Perfect for PMS!

Harlequin, a sativa-dominant cannabis strain, was one of the first high-CBD/low-THC strains to be discovered and recognized for its therapeutic effects.  CBD, the non-psychoactive compound in cannabis, has been proven to be effective as an anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea and muscle relaxant, while THC has been proven to alleviate nausea, bloating and headaches—all symptoms associated with premenstrual pain and other feminine health issues.

Harlequin’s unique cannabinoid profile and CBD-THC ratio (5:2) makes the strain one of the most effective out there for the treatment of pain, stress, anxiety and depression, without the fear of getting high.  Harlequin is a strain that women love, because it has been able to successfully help relieve some of the most intimate and bothersome feminine health issues.  Perfect for PMS!

Fortunately, in states where cannabis is medicinally and recreationally legal, women like my friend Lindsay, who suffers from reproductive issues and endometriosis, can opt for a more natural alternative to manufactured pharmaceuticals for alleviating menstrual cramps and the often-debilitating pain caused by ailments, such as PMS, fibromyalgia and endometriosis.  Check out this video where I teach her how to make these beautiful medicated canna-apple roses.

Canna-Apple Roses                

Servings: 12 Apple Roses                               

Prep Time: 30 minutes                           

Cook Time: 27–30 minutes                      


Visit to determine your own approximate dosage.

10%: 3.8mg

15%: 5.7mg

20%: 7.7mg

Note: You will need to use a mandolin for this.


1 package of your favorite frozen pastry dough

3 large red apples

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon rosewater

2 Tablespoons canna-butter

Grass-fed butter,to grease muffin tins

2 Tablespoons raw cane sugar

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

6 Tablespoons apricot preserves

2 teaspoons honey

¼ cup maple syrup

¼ cup Maker’s Mark Bourbon

confectioners’ sugar


  1. Defrost 2 sheets of pastry dough and cut each into 6 equal strips (12 total).
  2. Using a roller, roll each into 2 ½”  X 12″ strips.
  3. Core and slice apples in half lengthwise, then using a mandolin, slice apples into thin half-moons.  I use setting 2 or 3.
  4. Quickly place apples in a bowl and toss with the lemon juice and rosewater.
  5. Microwave the apples for 2–3 minutes until the apples are tender, but still slightly crisp.
  6. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.


  1. Preheat oven to 340ºF.  Grease a large muffin tin with a thin layer of grass-fed butter.
  2. Spread ½ teaspoon of the canna-butter along each strip.
  3. Spread a thin layer of apricot preserves along each strip and place 6–8 apple slices, slightly overlapping, on top.
  4. Carefully fold the bottom of the strip over the bottom half of the apple slices.
  5. Form your rose by rolling each strip from end to end. Place in the buttered muffin tin.
  6. Bake for 27–30 minutes, until lightly golden.
  7. In a small bowl, mix together bourbon and maple syrup.
  8. Brush tops with a little maple-bourbon syrup. Dust with confectioners’ sugar and then serve.

JeffThe420Chef is famous for inventing the process that neutralizes the herbaceous taste of cannabis in edibles, and is the pioneer of “layered micro-dosing.”  In addition to writing cookbooks, catering celebrity dinner parties and his media appearances, Jeff teaches how to create hand-crafted, strain-specific “Light Tasting” and “Tasteless” canna-butters and canna-oils, specifically created to achieve health and wellness goals. Jeff’s mission is to teach anyone who wants to cook with cannabis to do it easily and responsibly.  Jeff will be expanding his reach when he launches The Cannabis Cooking Channel.

Be sure to check out Jeff’s cookbook, “The 420 Gourmet: The Elevated Art of Cannabis Cuisine” copyright ©2016 by JeffThe420Chef. Reprinted courtesy of Harper Wave, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.  

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